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Three planets turn retrograde in May. This will increase the temptation to go back to the old way of life and disregard what we know about keeping safe. May is not a month to innovate but to continue to stay put. There will be some slight relief from the tension and worry, but there is still the need for caution.
Saturn turns retrograde on May 11. He will be in retrograde motion all summer and not go direct until September 29. He moves back from Aquarius into Capricorn on July 3. This means that you need to be aware that the summer is a mirror of the past few months and that you will be asked to learn the lessons you haven’t mastered.
Venus goes retrograde on May 13. She retrogrades on an eight year cycle. Look back to 2012 and you’ll find that the issues you dealt with them will repeat to give you another chance to finish them. She will be in retrograde motion until June 25. She travels from 20 degrees of Gemini back to 5 degrees of Gemini.
Jupiter turns retrograde on May 14 at 27 degrees if Capricorn. He stays retrograde until September 12 where he ends his backwards travel at 17 degrees of Capricorn.
The Nodes of the Moon change signs on May 6 from Cancer/Capricorn to Gemini/Sagittarius. They travel through a sign for 18 months and bring new awareness to the part of your chart where that sign lives. They are on an 18 year cycle so it is useful to look back 18 years and see what was going in 2002 to give you an idea of what to expect in the next 18 months.
You see why May is not the month to begin your new life.
May 1 – Moon in Leo, VC 12:04 pm. Today is Beltane, the ancient fertility festival. Celebrate the day as best you can. You mind will find unique ways to create beauty. Express your love to those in your inner circle. Buy them presents which will be a nice surprise when they receive them. Stay happy, it’s good for your immune system.
May 2 – Moon in Virgo. Clean, fix, and tidy up are the words for today. Take stock of your food, vitamin, pet, and medicine supplies and make a list of what to replace. It’s an earthy day when you will feel best being useful and practical. Take up a new craft so you can make something that is functional. Keep up with your exercise and diet.
May 3 – Moon in Virgo. Sort through your possessions and resources and see what can be given to help others. Spend the morning reading spiritual literature. Choose an affirmation to say all month, something that will help you adjust to the new normal. You can take measures to transform the habits you want to change. Try your luck tonight, you may win more than you think you will.
May 4 – Moon in Libra. Start the week with a renewed sense of purpose. You’ll want to resume social activities but let your common sense make the decisions. Use your healing energy in a safe and secure way. Do make contact with those who are lonely. The Sun and Mercury meet today and offer you ideas on how to go back to basics.
May 5 – Moon in Libra. The morning will be a bit rocky between you and your partner. Plan to do something that makes you smile for the rest of the day. Order flowers to be delivered to your best friend, and buy some for yourself. Work on your social media presentations so you can send your ideas out to the world. Think of new ways to bring in income.
May 6 – Moon in Scorpio. It’s a fertile day to plant. The energy moves inward and you won’t mind being alone with your feelings. Write in your journal. Research the latest scientific studies. Let your inner detective out to find lost items and find answers to your mysteries. Go to an ancestry website and look for lost relatives. Read or watch a whodunit tonight.
May 7 – Moon in Scorpio. Today’s Full Moon is celebrated as Buddha’s birthday. Meditate on his teachings of compassion and impermanence. Repeat “This too shall pass” when you get discouraged by present circumstances. Plant a tree or a citrus or avocado seed in honor of Buddha. Quiet your mind and find inner peace today through meditation and spiritual practice.
May 8 – Moon in Sagittarius. Choose something new to study. Think about teaching what you know. Contact your friends around the world and check in with them. Exchange cultural information. Think about the places where you want to travel once you can. Do some research on the best time of year to go and create your dream itinerary.
May 9 – Moon in Sagittarius. You are restless today and need to get out to exercise. Go where you’ve never been so that you can do some exploring. It will feel good to be on unknown territory and even to get lost and figure out how find your way back. If you can’t get outside, do the wandering in your mind. Break out of your routine today.
May 10 – Moon in Capricorn. It’s a day to be practical. Honor your mother in some way that will be useful to her. Do something kind for the older women you know who are alone. Write and send out proposals and applications which can bring you to the next step in your career. Your words will flow and it’s a lucky day, so do it now and don’t wait.
May 11 – Moon in Capricorn. Saturn turns retrograde today. It may feel like you’ve hit a wall and bounced back. It’s time to evaluate your life and your work. Have you been going in the wrong direction? Your mind will feel sluggish until the evening when Mercury enters Gemini. This will stimulate your mental activity and bring in fresh ideas.
May 12 – Moon VC Capricorn, enters Aquarius 11:39 am. It’s a good day for writing, speaking and sending your ideas out to the world. Learn new social media skills. If you are not yet comfortable with the new electronic means of meeting and greeting, practice today. Post a live video of you speaking what you want to say. Get rid of your fears and writer’s block by just doing it.
May 13 – Moon in Aquarius. Mars enters Pisces where his energy gets softer. He wants you to help you help people. Venus turns retrograde and she asks you to contemplate your need for love and nourishment and your capacity to receive them. Contact an old friend, ex-, lover, and make peace. It’s time to forgive those you’ve loved.
May 14 – Moon in Aquarius, VC from 10:03 am until 9:24 pm when it enters Pisces. Jupiter turns retrograde today. He stops growth and expansion and curbs your enthusiasm. You will be able to see that what you hope for may not take place. It’s time to make adjustments to the new normal that is, not what you expect it to be. Don’t try to get much done today. Let yourself become accustomed to this retrograde energy.
May 15 – Moon in Pisces. You can intuit what needs to transform and do it in a smooth manner. The more you can make your actions practical the better it will go. Go back and revisit what you are doing to build confidence and strengthen your identity. You’ll be able to see what hasn’t worked. Do an act of kindness. Donate to the food bank. Plant.
May 16 – Moon in Pisces. Stay outside and speak with the nature spirits. It’s a good day to plant, especially berry bushes. The plants will tell you where they want to be placed. (Read about Findhorn if you have doubts.) Enjoy the beauty of the natural world which is blossoming with loveliness right now. Pray for those who are in the hospital.
May 17 – Moon VC Pisces, enters Aries 9:36 am. It’s a lucky day today with the Sun and Jupiter dancing for joy. Since they are in earth signs, you will find that their windfalls and blessings are practical ones. Be bold and take the first step towards starting that new venture you’ve been thinking about. It will be easy to be alone today as you need to do your own thing.
May 18 – Moon in Aries. You’ll feel restless and want to leap before you look. You need a good outlet for your energy so your restlessness doesn’t have you doing something daring that is not safe. Find a way to be a hero to someone. Make someone laugh. Try a new exercise routine, one that takes you beyond your comfort level.
May 19 – Moon in Aries, VC 4:33 pm. Today is the last day of the beautiful, sensual month of Taurus. Put yourself first and eat what you want, wear what you want, and please your senses every way you can. Try not to get frustrated or angry when you run into obstacles or have disagreements with others. It will be hard to stay on an even keel today.
May 20 – Moon in Taurus. The Sun enters Gemini at 9:49 am. The energy becomes choppy when the Sun changes signs, like when two currents meet. Have no expectations for the day. Chill out and tend to your plants. Bake bread and cookies. Venus and Neptune challenge you to open up your mind so that you can download new concepts and beliefs. Watch or read a ghost story tonight
May 21 – Moon in Taurus. It’s okay to feel sluggish and slow. The old Moon makes us tired so that we can stop and reflect on the past month. Put your hands and feet in the earth, if you can, to revive yourself. Try to stay away from the computer screen. Give yourself permission to take a nap. Enjoy the dark of the Moon.
May 22 – Moon VC Taurus, enters Gemini 9:36 am. Today’s new Moon activates parts of your mind you haven’t been using. You need to become quiet and still your mind to receive this benefit. Breathing exercises help you to do this, and help keep your lungs healthy. Write down the information that floods into your mind so that you can sort through it later.
May 23 – Moon in Gemini. This is a social Moon and you need to communicate with people. Hopefully you can meet some friends and practice social distancing while you talk. Send out important emails, texts, and make phone calls today, don’t leave them for tomorrow. Download new books to read and tell your friends what you’ve loved reading the past few months.
May 24 – Moon VC Gemini, enters Cancer 7:09 pm. Stay out of the garden except to weed. You’ll find yourself wandering around and having a hard time finishing what you start. Take the day off and fill your mind with fun – easy reading, podcasts, watching comedies. Have a long chat with a best friend. Check in with your siblings and cousins.
May 25 – Moon in Cancer. Try to see family members and share a meal. If you can’t be with blood relatives, be with your family of the heart. There’s comfort in seeing and talking to those who you love. Visit nurseries and garden shops so that you can plant as much as you can. Today and tomorrow are the most fertile days of the month.
May 26 – Moon in Cancer, VC 9:06 pm. Trust your feelings today instead of sticking to a prearranged schedule. You will have to make some adjustments and limit yourself to doing only one or two things instead of the many that are whooshing around in your head. The family vs. career tension is strong today. Be caring and nurturing first.
May 27 – Moon in Leo. You’ll feel optimistic and confident and ready to let your creative side out to play. Be the sunshine for your friends who are not feeling as cheery. Do something special with the kids. You can access your inner kid and know how to fool around with them. Break out of your routine. Be generous with your hugs and kisses.
May 28 – Moon in Leo, VC 9:30 am. Finish up your creative writing, speaking, podcasting in the morning. Mercury enters Cancer this afternoon and your mind loses it’s boundaries and is apt to drift along. Your thinking becomes subjective so it becomes harder to focus on facts and data. Be extra nice to your loved ones and tell them how much you love them. It’s always good to hear those words.
May 29 – Moon in Virgo. Your linear left brain is strong today You can organize, sort out things and problems, and make lists. It’s a good day to prepare for Mercury going retrograde on June 17. You will find that any kind of talk therapy is effective, either with a professional with a friend, or on your own. You need to speak your fears.
May 30 – Moon in Virgo. It’s a good day to get things done. Tackle those repairs around the house that you’ve left for another day. Fix, or find someone who can, faulty machinery or electronics. Look through your first aid and cleaning supplies to see what you need. Get ready for the change of seasons and examine your summer equipment.
May 31 – Moon VC Virgo, enters Libra 10:38 am. The emphasis is on the air element with its connections to all things of the mind. You need people today. Plan to meet in a park or an outdoor space so you can socialize and enjoy each other’s company. Buy yourself something beautiful to wear. Plant flowers and flowering bushes. Bring more charming things and people into your life.